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Provide your feedback on Route 96 upgrades by 31 August 2013
29 Aug 2013
Residents, traders and passengers on Route 96 are being urged to provide feedback on proposed tram stop upgrades this week, as more than two months of public consultation wraps up on Saturday 31 August.
Project partners Public Transport Victoria (PTV), Yarra Trams and VicRoads have held more than 40 consultation and information sessions since the beginning of June, with more than 1000 responses now received.
PTV’s Acting Director Network Planning Adele McCarthy said the team is now urging anyone who has not yet lodged their comments to complete a feedback form, which is available online.
“We’re delighted at the level of engagement so far from all the local communities along Route 96 and thank the hundreds of people who have taken the time to share their views.
“Every piece of feedback we receive will be taken into consideration when determining how the project will proceed at each location,” Ms McCarthy said.
A range of upgrades are proposed for Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest and most densely populated tram routes which from later this year will be serviced by the next generation, low-floor E-Class trams.
Ms McCarthy said consultation events have included weekday and weekend breakfast, daytime and evening sessions at cafés, libraries, markets and community centres along Nicholson Street and around Acland and Fitzroy streets in St Kilda.
The team has also met with the many schools and major organisations along the route including St Vincent’s Hospital and Melbourne Museum.
Preliminary discussions with local councils and communities along the route led to the creation of the early design options for stops on Nicholson Street in the inner north, stops 124 and 125 in South Melbourne and Fitzroy and Acland streets in St Kilda.
The current round of community consultation is the culmination of more than 18 months work to determine options for upgrading several parts of the route to improve accessibility, reliability and journey times for the communities the tram serves.
“Our task is to find a solution that accommodates the needs of the local area while improving public transport and planning for the future.
“Discussions with the project partners and the four local councils through which Route 96 passes – Moreland, Yarra, Melbourne and Port Phillip – will continue as the concept designs are further refined,” Ms McCarthy said.
Full details about the early concept tram stop and termini designs and feedback forms are available at ptv.vic.gov.au/route96project.
Route 96 fast facts:
> Carries 345,000 passengers on a typical week
> Acland Street stops serve as many passengers as Balaclava Railway Station
> Stop 15: Johnston Street, Fitzroy, is used by approximately 2000 people per weekday
> Through the proposed upgrades, Route 96 will become the first fully accessible tram route in Melbourne.
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